The Lamma Island Family Trail is a short hike that starts from one pier on the island to the other. It’s relatively easy, suitable for all ages, and involves minimal climbing. And it also traverses through some of Lamma Island’s nicest beaches, restaurants, and attractions.
The walk from Sok Kwu Wan Pier to Yung Shue Wan Pier is approximately 5 kms. However, I would advise a couple of diversions along the way to see a few hidden gems. With a slightly modified route, the Lamma Island Family Trail is a little over 6 kms. Of course you’re free to add or remove items from my recommended path.
Yung Shue Wan or Sok Kwu Wan?
Most blogs recommend that you start the Lamma Island Family Trail from Yung Shue Wan. However, I would advise you to start from Sok Kwu Wan. Because,
- The frequency of ferries from Yung Shue Wan is much higher than that of Sok Kwu Wan. Which means, you don’t have to rush to end your hike to catch a ferry.
- The slope is relatively less steep and more gradual.
- Yung Shue Wan is the largest village on Lamma Island. You can spend more time here after you’ve ended the hike, as opposed to in the beginning.
Although the hike is relatively easy, I would always advise you to carry ample water, and sun protection. With that out of the way, let’s start the Lamma Island Family Trail hike.
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Map & Trail Details
My map of the Lamma Island Family Trail, along with distance and other points of interest.
Arrive at Sok Kwu Wan
Catch the ferry to Sok Kwu Wan from Central Pier Number 4. The timetable can be found on the HKKF website. I would advise that you to arrive at Sok Kwu Wan around lunch time, and grab a bite at one of the numerous seafood restaurants near the pier.
Personally, I prefer Wai Kee Seafood Restaurant over Rainbow, which happens to be the most popular restaurant at Sok Kwu Wan.
After you’ve enjoyed your lunch, I don’t expect you to get on with the hike immediately. So, let’s go for a short walk towards Lo So Shing Beach first.
Sok Kwu Wan to Lo So Shing Beach
From the Sok Kwu Wan Pier, walk inland towards the Lamma Island Family Walk Trail. After you cross all the shops and restaurants, you’ll see the Tin Hau Temple. Stay on the path, and follow all signs towards Yung Shue Wan. About 10 minutes later you’ll see one of the coolest attractions on Lamma, the Kamikaze Cave.
The cave was used during the Second World War and a held strategic importance for Japan’s Hong Kong-based ‘kamikaze team’. They concealed speedboats inside the cave that were deployed on suicide missions against Allied shipping. Even today, the cave looks quite spooky!
From the cave continue walking on the trail till you reach a small incline with a fork in the path. Here take the path going left towards Lo So Shing Beach. The beach, in my opinion, is one of the more secluded beaches on Lamma Island. So, take quick break on the beach; relax, and enjoy the view.
And once you feel rejuvenated, let’s continue with the hike.
Lo So Shing Beach to Hung Shing Ye Beach
The next section of the hike, to Hung Shing Ye Beach, is the longest stretch. With gradual inclines, the path twists and turns its way up the hills on Lamma Island. It passes by one of the old fishing villages on Lamma Island, Lo So Shing. The trail also provides hikers with a few vantage points overlooking different parts of the island.
After the climb, a large portion of the trail is flat, and uncovered. From here you get gorgeous views of the coast of Lamma Island, and a clear view of the Lamma Power Station.
Another thing that you’ll notice along the hike is that villagers have set up refreshment stands along the way that serve items such as fresh coconut water, drinks, and ice-creams. There is also a bee farm along the way that sells honey. So, if you love locally-sourced, organic honey, make sure you grab a jar or two!
As the path gets closer to the power station, it descends till it finally reaches Hung Shing Ye Beach, probably the busiest beach on Lamma Island. Here you can sit on the beach or grab a coffee or drink at Concerto Inn. There are also plenty of shops near the beach that serve delicious snacks.
Hung Shing Ye Beach to Yung Shue Wan
Now if you’re low on energy, you’d probably want to head straight to Yung Shue Wan. But if you’re still energetic, take a another quick diversion to go see the Lamma Winds.
At 71 metres tall and located at Tai Ling on Lamma Island, this wind turbine is Hong Kong’s first. The turbine is visible from miles and I’m sure you’ve seen it from somewhere else before. Apparently Tai Ling is one of the breeziest places in Hong Kong.
Regardless of your chosen path, your final destination is Yung Shue Wan, the largest village on Lamma Island.
As you enter the village, you’ll see numerous shops and boutiques selling all sorts of trinkets, food, and even craft beer. Stop if you must. If you get lost in the town’s alleyways, don’t hesitate to ask anyone the way to the pier. And again, the timetable for the Yung Shue Wan to Central ferry can be found on the HKKF’s website. Fortunately, the ferry frequency is fairly high, so you can take your sweet time exploring Yung Shue Wan.
But if you don’t have the time, you can always return here for a day-trip. All the details can be found on this post.
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